Cubs showcasing Scott Feldman, Matt Garza
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org June 25, 2013 10:45PM
The facts: 7:10 p.m.,
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The starters: Scott Feldman (6-6, 3.39 ERA) vs. Yovani Gallardo
MILWAUKEE — July has come early for the Cubs with the front office alerting the rest of baseball to the neon “for sale” sign on its roster and holding showcase events for its top two trade pieces Wednesday and Thursday for a growing number of scouts following the team.
“I’ve probably talked to every GM or [team president] Theo [ Epstein] has talked to every GM in the last four or five days,” general manager Jed Hoyer said before the Cubs opened a three-game series in Milwaukee on Tuesday. “In some ways, it’s an invigorating time of the year because there’s lots of action going on, a lot of things to discuss.”
That includes trading-block right-handers Scott Feldman and Matt Garza, who start the next two games against the rival Brewers and might be among the first to be moved by the Cubs in a trading season that could be more active than last July.
Beyond Feldman and Garza, relievers Kevin Gregg and James Russell also are drawing attention from other teams.
“I don’t worry about that stuff,” said Gregg, who’s 11-for-11 in save chances and has a 1.11 ERA since being signed in April as a minor-league free agent. “We’ve got [three weeks] until the All-Star break. It doesn’t seem like much action happens until after that. If that comes, we’ll see where it goes. I’m playing here, playing with a Cub uniform, and that’s where I want to be and what I want to do.”
A deepening slump that has spilled over into the field led to shortstop Starlin Castro finally getting that mental day off Tuesday that manager Dale Sveum had been considering for weeks.
It ends the longest active consecutive-games streak in the National League at a modest 269 (second in the majors to Detroit’s Prince Fielder with 419).
Castro is 11-for-84 (.131) in 21 games this month as his average dipped to a post-opening-week low of .228.
Seven of his 14 errors came in his last 11 games — after an 18-game errorless streak.
“I think sometimes you end up looking in somebody’s eyes just to see what it is,” said Sveum, who added that the streak had no bearing on the decision.
“I told him to just take this day and just watch the game and try to basically think about tomorrow as a whole ’nother season and not try to hit .300 tomorrow.”